Family: Santalaceae

This genus of shrubs and small trees extends from Southeast Asia to Hawaii. The leaves are often reduced to small scales and the roots gen­erally attach themselves to other plants. Short spikes of very small, cream to yellow, summer to autumn flowers are followed by small, seed-like nuts on fleshy stalks. These plants are rarely available outside their native countries.


E. cupressiformis, native cherry, is widely distributed in temperate Australia. It is an attractive, small tree, with fine, drooping foliage and cream flowers. The fruits are borne on fleshy, red stalks.


Because of its semi-parasitic nature, Exocarpos is not easy to grow and is difficult to establish. The seed does not germinate readily. These plants are best enjoyed in botanical gardens.


At least zone 9.

Evolvulus      Exochorda